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Amid the anguishing news about the Taliban’s recapture of Afghanistan came the uplifting story of a 60-year-old Oklahoma woman who organized the escape of 10 members of the Afghan all-girls robotics team. “I just decided…

I remember the first time I saw a wind turbine. I had just come driving out of a canyon in Utah and into an open valley. There stood three massive, languidly rotating harbingers of the…

Last year was a win for youth voter participation. We saw the highest-ever turnout for young voters, with half of 18- to 29-year-olds casting ballots. (Only 39% did so in 2016.) But 2020 also made…

Amid the chaos in Kabul, politicians and pundits have declared the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan a defeat from which U.S. influence may never recover. “Biden’s credibility is now shot,” wrote Gideon Rachman, chief oracle of…

Over the last decade, the population of the United States increased by 7.4%, according to the 2020 Census. Sadly, we’re not seeing that growth here. Allen County is down by 6.3%, along with just about…

The recent release of additional 2020 Census numbers is a treasure trove of fascinating data about Kansas. While redistricting and the urbanization of Kansas have dominated the political chatter about these data, they also tell…

When I woke up with pressure in my sinuses and a sore throat the morning of July 27, I was convinced it was a sinus infection. After all, my husband and I were vaccinated back…

In the last two decades, millions of Afghan women and girls received an education. Now the future they were promised is dangerously close to slipping away. The Taliban — who until losing power 20 years…

Eight and a half years ago, Paul Salopek set out on a long walk: 21,000 miles across four continents. He’s still walking. His aim was to replicate, as far as possible, the migration route that…

For the second time in one month, my 4-year-old grandson is in quarantine because of exposure to COVID-19 at his pre-school, evidence of the pandemic’s resurgence due to the delta variant. Because our vaccination rates…